Some drivers may be exempt from having to use ELD in their vehicle. One common reason is because a driver is a short haul driver who operates within a radius of 150 air miles of their work reporting location and does not exceed a maximum duty period of 14 hours. A driver may also be exempt if they drive a vehicle manufactured before model year 2000.
In Ground Traffic Control the carrier has the option to designate their driver as ELD Exempt:
- Navigate to Manage > Drivers.
- Edit the driver by clicking the pencil icon.
- Scroll down to Driver Exempt Status and check the box by ELD Exempt.
When should you designate a driver as ELD Exempt?
Only check the ELD Exempt box if the driver will always be exempt; for example, they will only ever use the Short Haul ruleset.
If a driver uses Short Haul sometimes, but may go over the 150 miles cutoff and fall back to a ruleset that requires tracking hours of service, such as Property 70, then ELD Exempt should not be checked for that driver.
How does checking “ELD Exempt” affect the behavior of the ELD in the driver’s vehicle?
ELD Exempt stops the detection of the following diagnostic events:
- Missing Data Events
- Data Transfer Compliance
Checking ELD Exempt for a driver does not disable the ELD from recording vehicle motion events. If the ELD equipment must remain installed on that particular vehicle because another non-exempt driver may drive it at some point, then the ELD system needs to still be compliant with the ELD mandate. The ELD mandate requires that all motion events of the vehicle to be recorded onto the driver’s profile, or if no driver is logged in, then to an unidentified driving profile.